Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation's Leaders

Dead Presidents An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation s Leaders An entertaining exploration into the death stories of our nation s greatest leaders and the wild ways we choose to remember and memorialize them In Dead Presidents public radio host Brady Carlson tak

  • Title: Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation's Leaders
  • Author: Brady Carlson
  • ISBN: 9780393243932
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An entertaining exploration into the death stories of our nation s greatest leaders and the wild ways we choose to remember and memorialize them.In Dead Presidents, public radio host Brady Carlson takes readers to presidential gravesites, monuments, and memorials to tell the death stories of our greatest leaders Mixing biography and travelogue, Carlson explores whether WiAn entertaining exploration into the death stories of our nation s greatest leaders and the wild ways we choose to remember and memorialize them.In Dead Presidents, public radio host Brady Carlson takes readers to presidential gravesites, monuments, and memorials to tell the death stories of our greatest leaders Mixing biography and travelogue, Carlson explores whether William Henry Harrison really died of a cold, why Zachary Taylor s remains were exhumed 140 years after his death, and how what killed James A Garfield wasn t an assassin s bullet He tells the surprising stories of the Washington Monument, Mount Rush, and Grant s Tomb And he explains why Hooverball is still played in Iowa, why Millard Fill s final resting place is beside that of funk legend Rick James, and why Ohio and Alaska continue to battle over the name of Mt McKinley With an eye for neglected places and offbeat people reminiscent of Tony Horwitz and Sarah Vowell, Carlson shows that the ways we memorialize our presidents reveal as much about us as about the men themselves.

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    1. I was a good reads first reads winner of this book. This one about presidents takes a rather different path. It focuses on the deaths of the presidents. it offers some very interesting thoughts about what became of the presidents after they have died. Where were they buried? What memorials were devoted to them? How about the presidents relatives? Most know about the more known presidents such as Washington, Lincoln.Kennedy, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt. I like that this book also mentions the [...]

    2. A delightful, irreverent look at the deaths and afterlives of America's leaders - from the solemn to the outrageous. Carlson has a natural, conversational style of writing that made this book a breeze to read, with plenty of humorous asides and observations. If you enjoyed Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation, you have to pick up this book.

    3. Interested in history? You'll love this book.Interested in Presidents of the US? You'll love this book.Interested in learning about Presidential libraries, monuments, and burial sites? You'll love this book.This book is interesting in so many ways. It's well-researched and has information in it I've not seen anywhere else. Brady Carlson doesn't sugar coat the Presidents - he presents them as human beings with a good side and a bad side. Especially interesting is the portion on Thomas Jefferson. [...]

    4. 3.5 stars - informative book on how we honor dead presidents. I learned quite a bit about lesser known (at least to me) presidents. Recommended for those who enjoy history and fans of Sarah Vowell.

    5. Delightfully morbid! Reminded me of Sarah Vowell, which is one of the highest compliments I can pay an author of this genre.

    6. A fun - that sounds kind of morbid, doesn't it? - jaunt through the afterlives of our presidents. Really enjoyed it, full review to come.++++++Book blog:allthebookblognamesaretaken.blfacebook/AllTheBookBlogNamesAitter/SarahsBookNookI love these kinds of books - which might be a strange thing to say about a book that is primarily about the author's trek around the country to take in the many sites, memorials, and monuments dedicated to the men who have been president. But this is a great combinat [...]

    7. Not to be confused with the 90s film by the Hughes Brothers, this is literally the dead heads of state. It’s seemingly obvious that this book wouldn’t exist without Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation. Carlson makes the trip to see the gravesite of every past President and commentary about them. I have recently rekindled an idea that I want to visit every Presidential home myself (I am at 11, I believe), so this just got me even more excited to do that. So this book means Road Trip, but [...]

    8. As a series of tumblr or reddit posts (or short radio pieces), this might have been amusing; as a book, it bored me out of my mind. There's no clear thesis or analysis here, just a scattershot collection of trivia, sometimes interesting and sometimes not. The author's dedication to completionism runs up against the fact that for a lot of former presidents, there's just not that much to say. There were sections I liked, including the discussion of how the presidential library as an institution wa [...]

    9. Brady Carlson has written a fun, wide-ranging, frolicking story of our dead presidents and all the unique ways we have and continue to memorialize them. The author visited all 39 final resting places of our Commander-in-Chiefs, and tied his experiences with a wonderful historic view of these burial sites came to be. I have read a lot of presidential history and I learned a lot in this book from the men that have lead our country. Both the serious presidential historian and the causal reader will [...]

    10. I loved this book. Carlson has a very engaging, entertaining voice that propels you through the book. He touches on almost all of the Presidents, including focusing on some of the lesser-known Presidents. He doesn't go into too much depth (the book, without notes, is only about 250 pages), but this book provides a great jumping-off point to do more digging on your own, should you want to. I loved the mix of looking both into legacies like physical monuments and memorials, and also the way certai [...]

    11. This was a delightful and educational read about the deaths and 'afterlives' of our presidents. Carlson, traveled the country to learn about the final resting places of the presidents and along the way discovered a wealth of interesting facts. I learned quite a bit about U.S. History reading this and the style wasn't dry or boring. My favorite facts were about William Howard Taft and I also enjoyed the odyssey of President Lincoln's final journey. I recommend this book to anyone interested in hi [...]

    12. You're either interested in this kind of book, or you are not. I am. Do you want to go through the deaths of our presidents, the monuments to our presidents, their libraries, their homes? Anything you can think of that has to deal with dying or dead presidents? If this is not your cup of tea, don't pick it up. If you love reading about presidential history and strange facts, you may already know a lot of this stuff, but you may enjoy reading it again.

    13. Full of quirky facts, especially about lesser known presidents, this is a fascinating read for anyone with the slightest amount of curiosity about our leaders and their legacies. I have a new respect forTaft!

    14. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was funny, interesting and downright fun. I found myself laughing at every turn of the page. The best line was that Millard Filmore is the "Charlie Brown Christmas Tree of Presidents." I highly recommend this to everyone

    15. I enjoyed the author's experiences of visiting presidential burial sites, memorials, and libraries. He adds interesting tidbits regarding the presidents, often with humor. This book is not a dry, history book.

    16. Brady came and lectured at our library and I found him so engaging I had to read his book. He's so passionate about his favorite topic, the US Presidents, that he draws you into their stories with his humor and intriguing history lessons. I recommend this book.

    17. Interesting and easy read. Contains a lot of odd ball facts about not only dead presidents but living ones as well. Good read if you want to brush up on your presidential trivia.

    18. Immortality has never really appealed to me, but after reading about how stupid people can screw up your corpse, legacy, and everything you stood for, I've reconsidered.

    19. I listened to this on audiobook, which I would recommend. A lot of fun facts about the history of American presidents, but that wasn't enough to make this a standout. However, I did like the writing style and would probably read more of this author.

    20. Yikes, I visibly recoiled at the description of how all the doctors were treating President Garfield after he had been shot. Not only would he probably have survived with better treatment, he went through a lot of unnecessary pain as well. Adding insult to injury (death, actually), the most inept doctor presented Congress with an enormously high bill; they didn't pay.At the opposite end of the spectrum was President Reagan's doctor. He let the ER doctors do their job and didn't let his ego get i [...]

    21. Maybe it's just because I've been listening to the "Hamilton" soundtrack too much, or that this year's election cycle has continuously been called "unprecedented," but "Dead Presidents" seems like the perfect book for 2016.It is:- a historical view on how each of our presidents was memorialized after his death- an excellent source of perspective on politics in general- hilarious- thoughtful introspection on what it means to be American- essential to all trivia fiends (you'll have so much weird p [...]

    22. About a week ago I read another book that was, similar to this one, a mix of history and travelogue. The history segment of the earlier book was more serious than this book, but the travelogue part destroyed the book because the author appeared to believe that he was Karl Pilkington and hence amusing in an ironic way, which he is not. Carlson, on the other hand, not only writes pretty solid if generally lighter history in this book, he clearly had a good time meeting people and resisted sneering [...]

    23. Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.When I first opened Brady Carlson's "Dead Presidents," I anticipated with dread the usual formula when it comes to books related to all of the presidents--a litany of names and lives that seems charming at first and quickly becomes dull. I braced myself for the worst option, one of those five dollar books filled with cheap humor and little research, leaving you wondering why you weren't cranking out these terrible things you [...]

    24. This is a must-read for any presidential history buff. Brady has a very breezy, conversational style of writing. If you enjoy any of Sarah Vowell's books, you like this book as well. Part history, part travelogue, this book explores the strange afterlives of our presidents. What I particularly appreciated is that the book isn't just about our icons--Washington, Lincoln, etc.--but our lesser-known presidents as well. Who knew that Rutherford B. Hayes is a huge deal in Paraguay but almost forgotte [...]

    25. Fun tour through the corpse trail of presidents. Plenty of great anecdotes and sidebars. As Carlson shows, burying a president is one thing, keeping them buried is another. Some had to be moved more than once just to appease partisan interests. Of course it all started with George Washington, who would have been appalled with all the fanfare and post-mortem maneuvering. If you have a taste for the macabre, this is a good fit.

    26. A fun turn on the standard review of Presidential history. The author has a quirky writing style that is part home spun, part academic. In total the result is a highly readable and enjoyable book. The chapter organization works really well with interesting connections drawn between Presidents, sometimes they are timeline, sometimes they are way they died, sometimes they are tangential.

    27. I'm sorry it took me so long to get into this. I really enjoy stuff about our presidents. I'd definitely like to take a trip to the tombs of the presidents from Ohio.

    28. How many U. S. presidents have died on July 4? Hint: It’s more than two. How many of the presidents have been exhumed for various reasons? Answer: A surprisingly high number! Which president is buried in Grant’s Tomb? OK, that’s an easy one. Brady Carlson’s Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders is a slightly irreverent look at each expired president’s manner of passing, and the way he was mourned, honored (in [...]

    29. I really enjoyed this book. It's filled with all sorts of interesting trivia about our dead presidents and Carlson has interesting thoughts to share about how we memorialize dead presidents in our country. There are funny bits (for eg he slogan of Franklin Pierce and the Democratic party in 1852 was "We Polked you in 48 and shall Pierce you in 52") as well as more somber stories about presidents who met unhappy ends.

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